. . . and don’t forget your golf clubs
WANTED: enthusiastic selfstarters to take over wellknown South Australian roadhouses. Must love red dirt, starry nights, whales and golf.
It’s not your normal job advertisement but, then again, the Border Village and Nullarbor roadhouses on the state’s Far West coast are not your normal servos.
The roadhouses are being offered for sale as part of a $30 million package of Outback travel stops that also includes Erldunda Roadhouse in the Northern Territory – a popular stop for drivers heading to Uluru. While the three roadhouses are being sold together, the vendor is open to offers on individual sites.
Border Village Roadhouse, as the name suggests, sits on the SA-WA border and the 4ha site includes a BP service station, 34 motel rooms, five two-bedroom cabins, 24 caravan sites, a licensed restaurant and bar, convenience store and 10 gaming machines.
It’s also home to Rooey II, a 5m-high fibreglass kangaroo, and hole No. 6 on the Nullarbor Links which, at 1365km, is the world’s longest golf course.
Nullarbor Roadhouse is 200km back down the road towards Adelaide, with similar facilities including 27 motel rooms and 74 caravan sites, a replica 1950s garage and an airstrip for the tourists who flock to the area every winter to watch the hundreds of southern right whales that gather at the Head of Bight. It also has hole No. 5 on the Nullarbor links. Erldunda’s attractions include 30 emus, a camel called Carlotta and a rooster named Cluck Norris.
Resortbrokers sales manager Trudy Crooks said the Outback was more popular than ever, with the rise of the grey nomad phenomenon and more people getting off the beaten track.
“These sites are perfectly positioned, entering the market at a time when tourism and visitor numbers throughout Australia’s Outback are surging,” Ms Crooks said.
“The caravan and camping market is thriving with a van built every five minutes during the working week, making it the fastest-growing vehicle category in Australia.”
ON THE LOOKOUT: Fu Ni and Wang Wang sittin’ in a tree. K-I-S-S-I-N-G. First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes a baby in a baby carriage. Adelaide Zoo’s female giant panda scaled this tree to send out a pheromone message from on high to her companion, Wang Wang. It is a sign that the pandas are approaching breeding season, a tiny 36-hour window of opportunity to make a panda cub.
OUT THERE: From top, Nullarbor Roadhouse, Border Village Roadhouse and the Nullarbor Golf Links.